Renewable Energy Promotion Initiative
Nevada Ballot Measure - Question 6
Election: Nov. 3, 2020 (General)
This initiative proposes an amendment to the Nevada Constitution establishing that it is the policy of the State to encourage and accelerate the development of new renewable energy for the economic, health, and environmental benefits provided to the people ofNevada. The initiative sets minimum standards for renewable energy use beginning calendar year 2022 and the following years thereafter so that by 2030, each provider of electric service shall generate or acquire from renewable energy systems at least 50% of the total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in Nevada during that year. Renewable energy includes energy from solar, geothermal and wind energy projects. The initiative is designed to increase the amount of renewable energy used in Nevada. If this initiative is enacted, it will supersede the minimum standards for renewable energy use established in Section 704.7821(1) of the Nevada Revised Statutes and require the Legislature to enact and/or modify related provisions implementing the initiative's standards not later than July 1, 2021.
Section 1: Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution is hereby amended by adding thereto a new section to read as follows:
1. Statement of Policy
The People of the State of Nevada declare that it is the policy of this State that people and entities that sell electricity to retail customers in this State be required to get an increasing amount of their electricity from renewable energy resources such as solar, geothermal, and wind. Increasing renewable energy will reduce the State's reliance on fossil fuel-fired power plants, which will benefit Nevadans by improving air quality and public health, reducing water use, reducing exposure to volatile fossil fuel prices and supply disruptions, and providing a more diverse portfolio of resources for generating electricity. This Act shall be liberally construed to achieve this purpose.
(a) Each provider of electric utility service that is engaged in the business of selling electricity to retail customers for consumption in this State shall generate or acquire electricity from renewable energy resources, including solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, and waterpower, in an amount that is: (i) For calendar years 2022 and 2023, not less than 26 percent o fthe total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in this State during that calendar year.
(ii) For calendar years 2024 through 2026, inclusive, not less than 34 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in this State during that calendar year.
(iii) For calendar years 2027 through 2029, inclusive, not less than 42 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in this State during that calendar year.
(iv) For calendar year 2030 and each calendar year thereafter, not less than 50 percent of the total amount of electricity sold by the provider to its retail customers in this State during that calendar year.
(b) Not later than July 1, 2021, the Legislature shall provide, by law,for provisions consistent with this Act to implement the requirements specified in subparagraph (a).
Should any part of this Act be declared invalid, or the application thereof to any person, thing or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the remaining provisions or application of this Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable. This subsection shall be construed broadly to preserve and effectuate the declared purpose of this Act.